Early registration deadline for the annual Rural Economic Outlook Conference on the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater is this Friday, Oct.14.
“We would like to have as many registered by then as possible for meal counts,” says Damona Doye, OSU Cooperative Extension farm management specialist.
The annual conference will feature insights about trends and expectations regarding agriculture and rural economies.
“We’ll be examining key issues that may significantly affect decisions made by agricultural lenders, community and rural leaders, and people in similar positions during the coming year,” Doye says.
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Keynote speakers will include Mike Boehlje, a distinguished professor with Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. Boehlje will discuss the financial downturn in agriculture and opportunities. He has held faculty and administrative positions at OSU, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota.
“Mike has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policy makers understand the economic and financial consequences of their decisions,” Doye said.
Also featured as keynote speakers will be Terry Barr, a nationally recognized agricultural economist and senior director for CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, and OSU agriculture alumnus Brady Sidwell.
“Brady is a former vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions at OSI Group, a global leader in supplying value-added protein items and other food products to foodservice and retail brands,” Doye said. “He currently serves as president of Enterprise Grain Company, Sidwell Strategies and Sidwell Seed.”
Cost is $50 if registering prior to Oct. 14 and $70 thereafter or at the door. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks during the conference.
Registration forms are available online or by contacting Kareta Casey of the OSU department of agricultural economics at 405-744-9836.
“We ask that participants pre-register if possible,” Doye said. “It greatly aids the planning process and helps ensure that sufficient numbers of meals, refreshments and conference materials are on hand. We want to make the conference as useful and enjoyable as possible to all participants.”
The 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday conference will take place at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, located on Hester Street across from the Student Union.
Anyone seeking additional information about the Oct. 21 Rural Economic Outlook Conference at OSU should contact Casey at 405-744-9836.